[si-zhoo r-uh, -zoo r-uh, siz-yoo r-uh]
- Prosody. a break, especially a sense pause, usually near the middle of a verse, and marked in scansion by a double vertical line, as in know then thyself ‖ presume not God to scan.
- Classical Prosody. a division made by the ending of a word within a foot, or sometimes at the end of a foot, especially in certain recognized places near the middle of a verse.
- any break, pause, or interruption.
Origin of caesura
1550–60; < Latin, equivalent to caes(us) cut (past participle of caedere) (caed- cut + -tus past participle suffix) + -ūra -ure
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Examples from the Web for caesura
This is a detail from "Caesura" by Emily Henretta, on view now at Room East in New York.Printed Circuit
October 4, 2013
Further, the caesura, where it occurs at all, may be masculine as well as feminine.
This caesura, like the end of the line, may be either masculine or feminine.
I had no idea of caesura, my gestures destroyed its harmony, etc., etc.Delsarte System of Oratory
The caesura is an important, though not essential, element in Spanish verse.Legends, Tales and Poems
Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
The "Nibelungen" strophe consists of four long lines separated by a caesura into two distinct halves.The Nibelungenlied
- (in modern prosody) a pause, esp for sense, usually near the middle of a verse lineUsual symbol: ||
- (in classical prosody) a break between words within a metrical foot, usually in the third or fourth foot of the line
C16: from Latin, literally: a cutting, from caedere to cut
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Word Origin and History for caesura
1550s, from Latin caesura, "metrical pause," literally "a cutting," from past participle stem of caedere "to cut down" (see -cide).
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